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Sketch Anatomy: Alex Blagg Explains the Genius of 'Key and Peele's "Insult Comic"

Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.

For this week's installment of Sketch Anatomy we spoke with writer and comedian Alex Blagg, who currently serves as co-creator and executive producer of @midnight, which recently earned a whopping 40-week renewal from Comedy Central. Blagg chose the season 3 Key and Peele sketch "Insult Comic" that aired in October 2013 — six months before the comic [...]

Key & Peele Are Producing a Web Series for Maker Studios

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are working on a new digital series. Variety reports that the Comedy Central duo are producing Ithamar Has Nothing to Say for YouTube network Maker Studios. The six-episode series will star Ithamar Enriquez, an alum of Second City Chicago who has guest starred on Key & Peele and Arrested Development, and it'll feature Key and Peele as guest stars in one episode. Ithamar is also produced by Principato-Young and comedian Frank Caeti.

Each episode finds Enriquez trying to fit into different facets of American culture, with him not uttering a single word. Episodes involve him trying to fit in at a cool coffee shop, [...]

'Key and Peele' Wins a Peabody Award

The 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced this morning, and among the recipients was Comedy Central's own Key and Peele. On the Peabody website, they bestow some high praise on the show creators and stars: "It's like Abbott and Costello Meet Richard Pryor when the duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele fearlessly apply their mischievous minds and satirical savvy to racially aware sketches both broad and incisive." The awards ceremony will be on May 19th in New York and televised for the first time on the Pivot network.

Key and Peele to Play Recurring Characters on FX's 'Fargo'

Comedy Central duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are joining the cast of FX's TV adaptation of the Coen Brothers' movie Fargo, EW reports. The two stars of the Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele, which wrapped up its third season in December, will appear in the final four episodes of Fargo's 10-episode limited run as FBI partners Bill Budge (Key) and Webb Pepper (Peele).

Set to debut on April 15th, Fargo will follow different characters and a different case from the Oscar-winning movie that inspired it but it will keep the movie's subject matter and tone. Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman, Bob Odenkirk, Kate [...]

Watch Paul F. Tompkins and Key & Peele Have a Chat

Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's internet talk show Speakeasy, and his guests this time around are Key & Peele stars/creators Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The three have a lovely conversation about how Key & Peele first met in Chicago, the danger of ironic racism, and a great story about a grandmother watching their show.

Jordan Peele Plays Stan Lee in This Sneak Peek of 'Key and Peele' Season 4

At Comic-Con yesterday, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele revealed one of their sketches from the upcoming fourth season of Key and Peele premiering on September 24th, which — fittingly for Comic-Con — shows Peele as Marvel's Stan Lee. They duo also revealed that they're developing a movie (aside from their project with Judd Apatow) called Keanu, and Peele gave only one hint about what it's about: "Keanu is a kitten."

Key and Peele Are Officially Two of the World’s Most Influential People

Time magazine unveiled its new list of the world's 100 most influential people, which includes both Late Night host Seth Meyers as well as Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Meyers's longtime SNL collaborator Amy Poehler was tasked with writing his profile and called him "the best listener on television," while Judd Apatow wrote Key and Peele's profile titled "The New Faces of Funny." From Apatow's writeup, where he references his upcoming film project with the duo:

"We are writing a screenplay together, and I hope one day we make a movie. But regardless, every time I leave a meeting with them, I feel like I have [...]

Watch Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, and Keegan-Michael Key in a New Clip from 'Playing House'

Here's a clip from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's new USA series Playing House, which premieres April 29th. It features Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key, who's also a regular on the show, in case you needed another reason to watch.

Key & Peele's Valets Finally Meet Their Hero, Liam Neesons

Here's a new sketch from Comedy Central's Key & Peele, in which their Liam Neesons-obsessed valet characters finally meet the real Liam Neesons and react just as you'd expect them to when in the presence of their hero.

Key and Peele's Valets Went Crazy for Arsenio Halls

Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key were on The Arsenio Hall Show last night, and when Arsenio mentioned that he was a big fan of their valet characters, they jumped into character and took over his studio to show their enthusiasm for Harlem Nights and Coming to America. Below, they give a brief history of their relationship, tried another version of their "Soul Food" sketch, and plot to get their hands on Arsenio's show.

Jon Hamm, Key & Peele, Sarah Silverman, and More in Talks to Join Zach Galifianakis in Linklater's 'Incredible Mr. Limpet' Remake

Almost six months after Richard Linklater officially signed on to direct the Incredible Mr. Limpet remake, The Wrap reports that a bunch of comedy stars are currently in talks to join the cast alongside Zach Galifianakis, who is expected to play the titular role. Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele are all reportedly being considered for roles, with Hamm as the human villain, McBride and Silverman in live-action roles, and Hart, Key, and Peele voicing animated sea creatures. The Wrap notes that production on the Limpet remake could begin as early as the fall, though live-action scenes will [...]

Key and Peele Are Producing a 'Police Academy' Reboot

Only a few days after winning a Peabody Award, comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have signed on to produce the Police Academy reboot, THR reports. The last update on the reboot came when first-time director Scott Zabielski (Tosh.0) signed on to direct in 2012, but he has since parted ways with the project. According to the latest update, Key and Peele have now joined original Police Academy producer Paul Maslansky for the reboot, though it hasn't been announced yet whether they will be starring in it as well. Here's what Maslansky told THR of the reboot back in 2010:

"It's going to be very [...]

Key and Peele: Exclusion in Comedy Is the Same as Bullying

"To not make fun of something is, we believe, itself a form of bullying. When a humorist makes the conscious decision to exclude a group from derision, isn’t he or she implying that the members of that group are not capable of self-reflection? Or don’t possess the mental faculties to recognize the nuances of satire? A group that’s excluded never gets the opportunity to join in the greater human conversation."

- Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in a new piece for Time magazine, in which they explain their role as comedians at a time when political correctness has become another form of bullying.

Key & Peele React to 'SNL's Diversity Issue

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central's sketch show Key and Peele, did an interview with THR in which they discussed SNL's recent diversity issue:

PEELE: I think everyone sees what's going on, which is Lorne Michaels has a history of relating to white men, and it is a field where there are a disproportionate amount of whacky white guys. But the truth of the matter is, we have so many friends who are African-American women who are straight-up ready that it doesn't really hold water to us.

KEY: That would be our opinion. But we run in different circles than Lorne Michaels does, if you can [...]